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Colombia diary

The newest member of our team, Juan Sebastian Londoño, our Project Officer in Bogotá, writes about his first impressions of working for CCC.

“It’s been just over a month since I joined Children Change Colombia, and I would say that the best thing about my experience so far has been the direct (and sometimes remote) contact I have had with the partner organisations and the rest of the CCC team.

In terms of the partners, I have had the opportunity to get to know people with extensive experience of protecting the rights of Colombian children. Their expertise and passion for seeking the best for children and young people are clear. I’ve seen for myself the hugely important human resources and infrastructure our partners have in place. I now look forward to travelling to meet staff from our partners who operate outside Bogotá. I can’t wait to get to know communities that are far from Bogotá in geographical terms, but which I already feel close to because of the warmth and friendliness of the people we work with there.

On the other hand, I have the constant and unconditional support of the CCC team in London. My first impression of them was their understanding of Colombia. Almost all of them have lived here at some point and they have very special memories of the tropical (and subtropical) time they spent here. I feel sure that they understand the context and the specificities of working here. I must add that I am not working alone in Bogotá; I have my colleague Blanca. She has been at CCC for some time and she guides and advises me in my daily work.

If I had to choose one word to describe my job, it would be ‘mediator’. I think this will be my main role from now on: to act as a bridge between the UK team and our much loved and respected partners. It’s terrific to be part of such a diverse and committed team of people.”

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